pan out

  1. (intr, adverb) informal to work out; turn out; result

Words Nearby pan out

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How to use pan out in a sentence

  • All this costs money and it takes a long time to pan out enough dust to pay the bill.

    David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
  • They finiss their breakfast—I heard them wipe the frying-pan out as plain as if I see it with my eyes!

    Mushroom Town | Oliver Onions
  • Then she raked the fire off the top of the pan, and took the pan out with the long iron fork.

    The Sandman: His Farm Stories | William J. Hopkins
  • I was off on a wild goose chase that just didn't pan out, so you really didn't miss a devil of a lot.

    Dead Giveaway | Gordon Randall Garrett
  • It might even be that she would be a help in case Stephen Marshall's mother did not pan out.

    The Witness | Grace Livingston Hill Lutz

Other Idioms and Phrases with pan out

pan out

Turn out well, succeed, as in If I don't pan out as a musician, I can always go back to school. This expression alludes to washing gold from gravel in a pan. [Mid-1800s]

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